What’s more exciting than a basket of chocolate? Booking a ticket to these amazing destinations for Easter weekend! We’ve rounded up the best locations to tempt you to put the coloured eggs aside and hop on the next plane headed for fun.
Many Colombians travel during Easter week, viewing it as the perfect opportunity to take a spring break, so you’ll be greeted with few crowds and a relaxed atmosphere if you visit Cartagena during this time. Cartagena’s April temperatures are warm enough to pack light. Take your time exploring Cartagena’s historic walled city and gorgeous pastel-coloured houses bursting with blooms.
Gather the whole family and head to Maui this Easter. The off-season is the perfect time for large groups to take advantage of lower rates on accommodations and rentals. Maui presents so many opportunities for activities that appeal to ages 1 to 100, your entire group will be able to enjoy experiences together, from swimming and snorkelling with wild turtles to watching the sun rise atop Haleakalā.
One of the more colourful and exciting Easter celebrations takes places each year in Florence. The highly-anticipated Explosion of the Cart happens on Easter Sunday in Piazza del Duomo. The tradition is over 300 years old and begins with a pair of white oxen pulling the elaborate cart to its spot in front of the Duomo. During Easter Mass inside the cathedral, the Archbishop lights a dove-shaped rocket, which ignites the cart’s fireworks. If the “dove” makes its way back to the altar, it symbolizes a positive year ahead.
Not only is Victoria home to Flytographer HQ (stop by and say hello if you’re in town!), it also plays host to a ton of fun family activities over Easter weekend. Take in the blooming cherry blossoms at Butchart Gardens where kids can hunt for hidden Easter bunnies throughout the gardens, mark their found treasures on a map, and win a treat for all their hard work! Stay at Fairmont Empress, where the kids can participate in an Easter egg hunt and the whole family can enjoy an incredible spread for Easter brunch.
Make the most of an Easter holiday in Edinburgh with a Scotland Explorer Pass. Priced at just £31 for a three-day pass, you’ll have access to most of Edinburgh’s most iconic attractions, plus fast-track entry to must-visit sites like Edinburgh Castle.
Think Prague’s Christmas markets are magical? Try heading to Prague over Easter to check out the city’s Easter markets! Prague’s bustling squares fill up once again with stands, but this time of year, intricately decorated Easter eggs, traditional handicrafts, and handmade items are on display. Live music and dance performances add to the markets’ lively atmospheres. The fresh spring flowers blooming around the city are an added bonus.
Thanks to its status as the quintessential Easter destination (we’re looking at you, Vatican), Rome comes to life around the Easter holidays. This is the perfect time to head to Rome if you’re hoping to catch sight of the Pope, as he has a highly visible and jam-packed schedule over Easter. If you plan to attend any Easter services in Rome, reserve tickets as far ahead of time as possible (they’re free!) through your local church diocese.
8. Rio de Janeiro
If any city knows how to throw a festival, it’s Rio. Although Carnival has come and gone by February, the Brazilians are ready to continue the party and celebrate Easter with family, friends, and impromptu street parties. Enjoy local Easter delicacies, such as salt cod, as they begin to pop up in innovative dishes on menus all over the city. It’s also a great weekend to unwind on one of the city’s many beaches.